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Bethesda has had solid E3 showings since they started holding their own conferences two years ago, most famously with the reveal of Fallout 4 and the announcement that it would be releasing just months later that same year. After a montage of current-gen Bethesda titles, such as Fallout 4, Skyrim: Special Edition, Doom, Prey, and Dishonored 2, Pete Hines, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing for Bethesda, took the stage. He spoke on what Bethesda has done as a company in the past few years, mentioning Bethesda being the first to bring mods to consoles.

Pete then went on to discuss VR and how Bethesda has anxiously been working on a few titles using the technology. Two games were shown off, with the first being Doom VFR. Doom VFR seems to not be the full game from 2016, but rather a series of various activities set within the game’s world. Puzzle solving was shown using mechanical arms, as well as a bit of exploration, and, of course, gory gunplay through hordes of demons.

After Doom VFR was Fallout 4 VR. Unlike the VR version of Doom, Fallout 4 VR is a full version of the beloved open-world RPG. A release date of October 2017 was given for Fallout 4 VR, and was mentioned that it will be released for the HTC Vive. Doom VFR, on the other hand, was not given clarification on if it will be coming exclusively to Vive or if it will also release on Oculus.

Following the VR showcase, focus shifted to The Elder Scrolls Online. A montage of the Morrowind expansion trailer was played, showing various fans reacting. There wasn’t much to show, but it was mentioned that new content would be coming soon, in the form of a very Skyrim-esque content update called Horns of the Reach, as well as a very Dwarven package known as The Clockwork City.

Our tour of Bethesdaland continued with mention of Morrowind being the start of Bethesda’s love of community creations and mods. With this, Bethesda announced the introduction of Creation Club, an in-game system that gives players quick and easy access to new weapons, armor, outfits, crafting features, and other gameplay enhancements for Skyrim: Special Edition and Fallout 4 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Launching this Summer 2017, Creation Club features a selection of custom content that will be browsable in-game, but must be purchased with “credits.” Details on those credits or how players earn or purchase them are unknown at this time. It was noted, however, that everything available through creation club would be fully compatible with saved games, achievements, and add-ons due to Bethesda’s collaboration with outside developers, including some of “the best community creators.”

The Elder Scrolls: Legends was up next, but not much was talked about. New content was briefly teased for the mobile collectible card game, such as the integration of tournaments. A chunk of time was dedicated to a Skyrim-themed expansion for the game, titled Heroes of Skyrim, which releases June 29th, 2017.

Keeping in line with Skyrim, Bethesda’s Nintendo Switch port of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was finally officially unveiled with a release window of Fall 2017. Exclusive to the Switch version, Bethesda showed off a treasure chest containing a Master Sword, Hylian shield, and Link’s tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after a Link Amiibo was scanned, confirming Amiibo support. Also shown were motion controls, as the player pulled back their left hand in order to draw the bow when using archery.

Moving on from The Elder Scrolls, we were shown a cinematic trailer for Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a standalone story described as “the perfect entry point for those new to the Dishonored series”. Death of the Outsider will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 15.
Focus then shifted to E-Sports, specifically Quake Champions. Quake World Championships were announced for QuakeCon 2017, with a grand prize of one million dollars. It was also revealed that B.J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein will be a playable character in Quake Champions, as well as the announcement that the title is now available as an open beta.

As the conference started to wind down, we were told there are two more things Bethesda wishes to show us. We were treated to the official unveiling of The Evil Within 2 with a gorgeous cinematic trailer, with bits of gameplay at the end of it. The Evil Within 2 seems to have a different feel to it, despite still very much being a horror game, as different environments are explored than the original. Combat also looks to be faster paced. This trailer was especially creepy and disturbing, and was the first thing shown at this conference to pique my interest. The sequel to the 2014 horror game will release Friday, October 13, 2017.

Finally, we were shown a series of strange live-action TV commercials and parodies of television shows, with various undertones hinting at a Wolfenstein reveal. Sure enough, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was shown and will be releasing on October 27, 2017. The trailer showed Wolfenstein: The New Order’s protagonist, B.J. Blazkowicz surviving the events of the first game. Wolfenstein II seems to be about B.J. working to form a revolution against a Nazi regime occupying the United States. This game also interests me, but being that I haven’t played much of the current gen Wolfenstein games, I wasn’t very excited about it; but I can definitely see why fans of the series would be.

At an oddly short-length of forty minutes, Bethesda’s conference was extremely mediocre compared to years past, as well as in comparison to the conferences we’ve already seen this year. It focused a lot on content updates and rehashes, and didn’t show us enough of something new. Granted, Bethesda is a much smaller company than other publishers holding conferences this year, but I suppose I just suspected a little more (where the heck was Todd Howard?!). Fingers crossed for a reveal of The Elder Scrolls 6 next year.

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About the Author
Tony Sin
Author: Tony Sin
Tony is a 28-year-old Game Design student from Akron, Ohio. A lifelong gamer, Tony has been playing since receiving an SNES along with Super Mario World for his 5thbirthday. He is an avid Xbox fan, though he tends to dabble in some PC gaming from time to time. Some of his favorite games and franchises are Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Bioshock Infinite, and Quantum Break, just to name a few.

Aside from gaming, Tony is a huge movie fan, with the Star Wars franchise being his all-time favorite movies. Constantly delving into the video games, comics, novels, television series, and films, he looks forward to any new installments in the stories. Marvel’s films and respective Netflix series are also in constant rotation in Tony’s home. Other favorite films include The Dark Knight trilogy, Requiem for a Dream, Donnie Darko, and The Hateful Eight, amongst many more.

When not gaming or mentally living in a galaxy far, far away, Tony enjoys listening to and creating music, reading comics and novels, binge watching shows on Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.